It's quite common to see shapes in clouds.

But it's not very common to see the intricate shapes of countries.

Denny Small of Newcastle looked up into the sky and saw the unmistakeable map of the British Isles formed by a group of clouds. The only flaw in the design was that Wales was missed out (nobody takes much notice of the phlegm-spitting, vowel-hating Celtic Welsh anyway until the annual Six Nations rugby tournament starts every February or one has been arrested after being found making love to a sheep). Luckily he had a camera is his pocket and was able to snap a picture of them.

Everyone knows that God is an Englishman. This proves it.

Britannia rules the skies: Magical moment cloud takes on shape of our islands

By Daily Mail Reporter
30th August 2010
Daily Mail

With a little imagination you can almost always see a shape in the clouds: it's nearly always either a dragon or John Prescott's head.

It's a rare sight though when a chance confluence of water vapour and air currents shapes a perfect replica of the British Isles. And rarer still when a lucky photographer has the presence of mind to capture the image for posterity.

Cloudy with a chance of maps: The magical moment when 'Britain' formed in the sky

This short-lived 'cloud map' was snapped by Denny Small, of Heaton in Newcastle upon Tyne.

'It was an amazing sight' says Denny, 'but the magical cloud formation only lasted for seconds'.

'Luckily I had a camera in my pocket'

It's certainly a remarkable image, but we do apologise to our Welsh readers who appear to have been omitted from the once-in-a-lifetime photo op.

Last edited by Blackleaf; Sep 1st, 2010 at 12:53 PM..